Definition of PLAY

noun : PLAY

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway" ;

  • 2. (

    ) a theatrical performance of a drama; "the play lasted two hours" ;

  • 3. (

    ) a preset plan of action in team sports; "the coach drew up the plays for her team" ;

  • 4. (

    ) a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill; "he made a great maneuver"; "the runner was out on a play by the shortstop" ;

  • 5. (

    ) a state in which action is feasible; "the ball was still in play"; "insiders said the company's stock was in play" ;

  • 6. (

    ) utilization or exercise; "the play of the imagination" ;

  • 7. (

    ) an attempt to get something; "they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention" ;

  • 8. (

    ) activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules; "Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child" ;

  • 10. (

    ) the removal of constraints; "he gave free rein to his impulses"; "they gave full play to the artist's talent" ;

  • 11. (

    ) a weak and tremulous light; "the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers"; "the play of light on the water" ;

  • 12. (

    ) verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); "he became a figure of fun"; "he said it in sport" ;

  • 13. (

    ) movement or space for movement; "there was too much play in the steering wheel" ;

  • 14. (

    ) gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement; "it was all done in play"; "their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly" ;

  • 15. (

    ) (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play" ;

  • 16. (

    ) the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize); "his gambling cost him a fortune"; "there was heavy play at the blackjack table" ;

  • 17. (

    ) the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully ;

verb : PLAY

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches" ;

  • 2. (

    ) act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome; "This factor played only a minor part in his decision"; "This development played into her hands"; "I played no role in your dismissal" ;

  • 3. (

    ) play on an instrument; "The band played all night long" ;

  • 4. (

    ) play a role or part; "Gielgud played Hamlet"; "She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role"; "She played the servant to her husband's master" ;

  • 5. (

    ) be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children; "The kids were playing outside all day"; "I used to play with trucks as a little girl" ;

  • 6. (

    ) replay (as a melody); "Play it again, Sam"; "She played the third movement very beautifully" ;

  • 7. (

    ) perform music on (a musical instrument); "He plays the flute"; "Can you play on this old recorder?" ;

  • 8. (

    ) pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad" ;

  • 9. (

    ) move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly; "The spotlights played on the politicians" ;

  • 10. (

    ) bet or wager (money); "He played $20 on the new horse"; "She plays the races" ;

  • 11. (

    ) engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion; "On weekends I play"; "The students all recreate alike" ;